Just because you’re choosing to educate your children at home instead of sending them to school, it doesn’t mean that you should say goodbye to the idea of a classroom altogether. If you have some free space in your home, or even if you just have a room that is rarely used, you should strongly consider creating a dedicated learning area to use for home-schooling.
A clear distinction
One of the hardest things about home educating, for both children and parents, is creating a strong boundary between learning and play. When a child attends school, they understand that the classroom is where they learn and home is where they are allowed to do their own thing, even if a little homework sometimes gets in the way. When you home-school your children,it’s harder to make that distinction. By setting up a dedicated room for learning, you can make it clear; when they’re in this room, it’s learning time!
An interactive learning zone
When you look around most primary level classrooms, you’ll find art on the walls and plenty of coloured cabinets and educational aids. This all helps to create a fun and engaging learning environment, and it’s an approach you should take for your own home-schooling space. You can let your children put their work up on the walls, stick up maps, pictures, graphs, and other such items to help them retain knowledge, and even invest in a projector so you can use online teaching resources more conveniently. Additionally, you may also need to explain things to them, so it’s important to have somewhere that you can write things down for kids to understand. Perhaps some parents might want to look into getting a glass markerboard to allow them to do that.
Saving the rest of your home
Any learning space used for younger children is going to become a little messy, and it isn’t always convenient to get everything immediately tidied away. For example, your child might need to leave a painting to dry, or a set of problems might be left for the next day. In any case, it’s far easier to keep everything the way it is when you have a dedicated space to use for learning. At the end of the day, you can put everything that needs to go away in its own special place, but you won’t need to worry too much about clearing the room for other uses.